Coach K is still landing top five targets without Jeff Capel.
Live on SportsCenter, Vernon Carey announced he will attend Duke next year. The No. 3 player in America picked the Blue Devils over North Carolina and Michigan State. Carey used a new commitment trick: he pulled out an embroidered handkerchief to reveal his selection.
Kentucky was initially in the picture for Carey but failed to make the final cut.
It’s always a blow to see a former UK recruit commit to Duke, but there is a positive spin: Carey’s commitment takes up a Duke frontcourt spot next season. Will Matthew Hurt want to split time with Carey? Duke’s 2018 class didn’t mind, but it could potentially help the Cats land Hurt in 2019.